Levine: 'I was very skeptical' of 'The Voice'

Feb. 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM ET

"The Voice" is big hit with fans of singing competitions and for those looking for something a little different than ratings juggernaut "American Idol," but coach Adam Levine wasn't always so sure it would be the success it is today.

When the Maroon 5 frontman sat down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Monday morning to talk about the show's second season, he admitted that he had doubts when he was first approached to do the competition.

"I was very skeptical, naturally," Levine said. "I had my life and my career and didn't necessarily think this was going to work. But it seemed interesting and I loved the idea. And then it worked! And wow!"

Not only did he feel iffy about "The Voice," he also had doubts about his abilities to mentor. "I wasn't aware that I would be able to be a good coach," he admitted on TODAY. "But I kind of eased my way into it. I don't know what makes a good coach!"

Coaching abilities aside, Levine does add to the winning formula of "The Voice." Just as many fans on our Facebook page have noted and the musician reiterated on TODAY, "The great thing about the show ... you get to listen. You're not affected by how somebody looks." At least not at first. As the musician pointed out, looks do eventually matter. "But for that initial spark and that thing you want to find, it's great! It isolates it."

And for those who tune in for the talent and not the looks (at least at first), there's good news: Levine confirmed to TODAY that he and his fellow coaches -- Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton -- will be back for a third season of chair-turning vocal goodness.

"The Voice" airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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